Millennium Development Goals
MDGs and refugees
At the Millennium Summit in New York in September 2000, the largest gathering of world leaders in history, heads of states and governments adopted the UN Millennium Declaration. This committed their nations to a new global partnership to reduce extreme poverty and also set out a series of targets, all with a deadline of 2015, that have become known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
These were to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger; to achieve universal primary education; to promote gender equality and empower women; to reduce child mortality; to improve maternal health; to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases; to ensure environmental sustainability; and to develop a global partnership for development.
UNHCR monitors how refugees and other people of concern are included in this process and how much progress has been made in achieving the MDGs. The UN refugee agency is also a member of the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on MDG Indictators, which produces an annual report on the progress made towards the Millennium Development Goals.